TAS- Have A Heart, Save A Heart

Over the past 4 years, The American School has been working with Heartbeat Vietnam, a local charity, in a fundraising effort to assist in providing heart surgeries for disadvantaged children who suffer from congenital heart defects. Each year TAS holds a school-wide, week long fundraiser in which the students team up to sell drinks and food as well as offer games to play for a small donation. There is also a t-shirt design competition where the winning design is put on the t-shirt that is sold during the week. The middle school high school students participate in basketball, dodge ball, and Frisbee games to raise money. Each year staff and students visit Tam Duc Heart Hospital to see the recipients of the TAS fundraising efforts. This is a great way for the students to see how their donations and fundraising efforts have helped children in need. At TAS we want to teach our students to empathize with people who are going through difficulties. Heartbeat Vietnam has become very dear to the TAS Family and this year will continue our fundraising efforts in November to help save more lives.

Rhinos: Rights to growing, Noes to poaching

On Thursday, September 21, U.S Consulate General HCMC hosted the event “Rhinos: Rights to growing, Noes to poaching” with the participation of more than 100 students from international schools in HCMC.

In this event, high-school student ambassadors shared their stories about the field trip to South Africa last summer. Our student, Phan Le Ha Long (Peter Phan), grade 11 was one of the participants and he brought to the event a touching movie that he made about Rhino protection. We are so proud of Peter!

Long will also be sharing this movie as well as the project he is planning with the entire school.

We look forward to his presentation at TAS!

TAS Parents are welcomed at annual open house 2017 – 2018

Last week, on August. 24, 2017, The American School (TAS) was happy to welcome parents to the Open House – a first meeting between parents and teachers.

From 2:45pm, parents came to school to pick up their children and stayed to participate in the event. Parents visited each classroom to meet and talk with teachers about schedules and the specific curriculum of each subject. In the bustling atmosphere of a new school year, many parents of students, from nursery to high school, wanted to spend time discussing their child’s individual learning needs.

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A Visit To Tas New Campus

On August. 24, 2017, the school board had a chance to visit the new campus of The American School (TAS).

Located in District 2’s An Phu neighborhood, the sprawling campus is just a 15-minute drive away from the Central Business District.  The new site can accommodate over 1400 students from pre-nursery to high school. Having started construction toward the end of 2016, the work is now entering its final stages.

With an area of over 30,000m2, the state-of-the-art campus includes 2 libraries, 106 classrooms, Biology, Physics, and Chemistry Labs for scientific inquiry, MAC and PC labs for ICT instruction, sound-proofed music studios, and a 420-seat theater.

Furthermore, the new campus is equipped with a competitive indoor basketball court & gym for 1,000 people, regulation-size 7-person soccer field, mini golf course and driving range, 25-meter, six-lane pool, rooftop tennis courts, and an open-air cafeteria.

The new campus will come into operation for the 2018-2019 academic year.

TAS Student named “AP Scholar with Honors”

The American School is proud to announce that one of its own, Yen Khe Nguyen, has achieved the distinction of AP Scholar with Honors. Yen Khe has long been a high achiever. In 2016, Yen Khe was named National Merit Scholarship semifinalist for her strong scores on the PSAT/NMSQT in grades 10 and 11. Yen Khe scored in the 96th percentile, or the top 16.000 of the 1.5 million students worldwide. To add to this achievement, Yen Khe was also named AP Scholar in 2016. This award is presented to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three AP exams. But, she did not stop there. In 2017 Yen Khe was bestowed with the AP Scholar Award with Honors, meaning the average of all AP tests she took was over 3.25 and she scored a 3 or higher on three or more of these exams—a truly amazing accomplishment. Yen Khe Nguyen will matriculate at Cornell University this fall, an Ivy-League institution in Ithaca, New York, founded in 1865 and currently ranked 15 of over 4000 nationally-ranked colleges and universities.

TAS Grade 5 Move Up Day

June 5, 2017

Grade 5 spent this morning at the TAS Middle School with Garth Odonnell, Chelsea Armstrong, and Betsy Suits preparing for the next school year 2017-18. They visited all the Grade 6 Teachers’ Classrooms to have a preview of what they will be learning in Middle School Subjects. There was a Grade 6 Student Panel Discussion about the transition. Grade 5 students asked about Student Council, homework, tests, organizational tips, field trips, time management, and After School Activities. They are excited to have lockers and change classes the next school year. The morning ended with lunch in the MS Canteen with the Middle School Students.

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Heartbeat Vietnam 2017

This year is our school’s fourth annual Heartbeat Vietnam fund drive. The HBVN organization provides vital heart surgeries to Vietnamese children in great need. Each surgery is estimated to cost about 1200 USD and our school’s goal is to help five children each year. With a goal of raising 6000 USD, our students, parents, and staff organized events and sales during the week of May 8-12 to supplement the generous donations made by TAS families. With all the hard work and creativity involved, our school was able to raise 7800 USD for heart surgeries, exceeding our goal by an amazing 1800 USD. A big thanks to everyone who participated in making this a successful year of fundraising!

WASC Substantive Change Visit

On April 21, 2017, The American School hosted Dr. Marilyn George, Vice President of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), for a school site visit to assess our new Early Childhood facility.
Dr. George reviewed the curriculum for pre-nursery through Kindergarten, assessed the innovative learning spaces, and met with teachers, students, and staff regarding teaching and learning. She was impressed with the school’s commitment to create a separate, stand-alone facility for our youngest learners. This site visit will culminate in a report of the findings sent to the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges in advance of their June Commission meeting. The Commission will act on the recommendations in the report and inform the TAS Leadership in the fall. The American School is accredited by WASC (pre-K-12) through June, 2021.

A valuable trip to USC by Nguyen Yen Khe Grade 12

Nearing the ninety-minute mark in my drive to campus, a drive which should have only been twenty minutes had it not been for the infamous LA traffic, I wondered if all of this, the late nights writing application essays and the sixteen-hour plane ride, would be worth it. I had been selected to compete for USC’s presidential scholarship, worth half-tuition, and was required to fly to campus to interview. Half an hour later, I would find out that it was.

Driving through the tall black gates, I couldn’t keep the smile off my face. The wide pavements and perfectly shaped shrubbery seemed to come straight out of a brochure. The atmosphere of the school itself was perfectly encompassed by the many students wearing business suits and simultaneously riding long boards. After being served pastries and coffee for breakfast, I was led into a large theater with the rest of the scholarship finalists, where we were personally welcomed by the Trojan marching band and the admissions counselors who chose us. Afterwards, professors from our prospective majors and the deans of our specific schools, who spoke to us as if we were old friends instead of gangly high school kids, shook our hands and took the time to personally answer the many questions we had. Although extremely professional and articulate, each had the laidback attitude stereotypically attributed to residents of LA. It was this that caused the interview, the one that we had all been stressing over for weeks, seem like a casual conversation in a coffee shop rather than in a private meeting room.

Though the campus was beautiful and the cupcake ATM was a pleasant surprise, it was my peers—a boy who had successfully launched his own tech startup, another who had written already written a memoir before his 18th birthday, several prospective computer science majors who had built their own websites from scratch, and many more—who had made the experience unforgettable.